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Wedding Tower, or “The City Crown”

This symbol of Darmstadt is called the “Five-Finger Tower” or “The City Crown” for its unusual castellated roof resembling both a palm and a crown. Architect Josef Olbrich constructed this tower at the beginning of the 20th century in the artists’ colony on Mathildenhöhe hill. A 48-meter-tall building was a gift to the ideological inspirer of the colony, duke Ernst Ludwig for the occasion of his wedding. The roof is symbolic: it symbolizes five marriages of the dukes of Hessen with representatives of other European dynasties. The tower is decorated with a sundial, ornament on the plinth and mosaic at the entrance.

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